A few things instantly came to mind when I first laid eyes on Aquazzura’s pom pom sandals. 1. Why didn’t I think of this?! 2. Insert salsa dancing emoji here. 3. Must DIY, stat. Boom. So there it was, yet another project filed away in the long summer DIY queue. And it wasn’t until I stumbled upon a heap of colorful, miniature yarn pom poms, that these shoes jumped to the front of the tutorial lineup.
Before you judge me for buying pom poms, let me justify the shortcut by saying that poms this teeny tiny are extremely time consuming to make so compact and uniform. $9 for 100 high quality pom poms was just too good to pass up, plus it saved it me an entire afternoon of wrapping, cutting and trimming yarn. Honestly, you’ll be done with this project before you can say cha-cha-cha.
I am happy to say I have a new lighting obsession. The more and more I see cane, wicker, woven Abaca, and rattan basket lighting, the more I find myself trying to figure out how to incorporate these natural elements into my beach house. And I love that because they feel so lightweight and airy, you can experiment with large sizes even in the smallest of spaces. In case you’re in the market for Cost Plus, Ikea, Serena & Lily, Amazon and Roost all have some great options!
It was the gorgeous color palette of designer Annett Bourquin‘s paper bag-like leather clutches that first caught my eye. Then, it was discovering the modest simplicity of the bag’s silhouette that had me smitten. Each of Annett’s bags are crafted with a single piece of leather, fasted with a magnetic snap closure and available in three functional sizes. So effortless, so good.
Artist Jim Bachor is a do-gooder. He takes it upon himself to fix pot holes, found in the city streets of Chicago, by filling them in with cement and covering them with ice cream themed mosaic art. How fun would it be to stumble across one of these while driving or crossing the street? What an incredible way to create public art. It’s a treat!
Sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu have been killin’ the minimalist handbag game since 2012 with their label Building Block. The design duo is all about making utilitarian synonymous with luxury. Their design approach means shedding any unnecessary hardware or excess adornments, and instead focusing on forming clean lines and executing impeccable construction. This is what makes their bags timeless. We’re absolutely smitten with the new colors they’ve introduced this season (I’ve never loved taupe more than I do now) and as usual, the distinctive silhouettes make it hard to pick just one bag.